This Friday the 13th is a special one to your humble desktop computer. Today the clock will strike 1234567890 seconds since the birth of time as we know it.
If you can think back as far as 1234567890 seconds ago you will possibly recall that computers were a big thing in 1970. Big companies were starting to use them and programmers were getting tired of devising different ways of counting time and settled on one. With that, the Unix Epoch began on January 1, 1970 and has been counting every second since.
Have you ever wondered why Macs often revert back to 1969 if you reset the system? That was the beginning of time as far as your computer is concerned, adjusted to our time zone here in the Cascades of course. Windows systems rely on different code but the majority of other computers all derive from this initial concept. Even today, Windows systems rely on external clocks to set themselves and these servers are probably doing things the Unix way too.
Officially your computer will strike this magic second at Friday the 13th, 2009 at 11:31:30pm UTC, or about 2:31:30pm here on the west coast.
What can you expect to happen to your stuff? Well, this is no Y2K folks. It makes no difference to your computer whether it is currently 1234567890 or 1234567999 so you have nothing to fret. The weirdness that is Friday the 13th, however, will probably live on so good luck with those Valentines Day dates you have lined up for tonight.